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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Metabolic Syndrome
by Diane Safer, PhD
Making lifestyle changes can help manage metabolic syndrome. The goal is to control the underlying factors that put you at risk for developing cardiovascular disease. If you are overweight or have diabetes, moderately increasing physical activity, losing 10% of your weight or more, and changing your eating habits can all have a significant impact.
It is important to set modest, attainable goals for yourself. Start by making small changes instead of trying to change everything all at once. You will be more successful and will continue to progress more easily.
Lifestyle changes you can make include:
Lower Your Weight
Eat a Healthy Diet
Increase Your Physical Activity
See Your Doctor
Ask your doctor to suggest programs and/or medications to help you quit smoking. This is extremely important.
Avoid Excess Alcohol Intake
Control Your Stress Level
Stress can contribute to weight gain and heart disease. Learn relaxation and stress management techniques.
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Last reviewed June 2016 by James Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2015
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